Ten prominent names in the IT industry emerged victorious at the "Quality Partners
Quality Solutions Awards 2011", Microsoft Sri Lanka's annual Partner Conference
and Award ceremony, held on the 13th of September, 2011 at the Galadari Hotel celebrating
outstanding performance by Microsoft partners in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Among the top-notch partner-organizations who were honoured for their outstanding
performance were: Tech One Global (Pvt) Ltd. who won the title of “Best Distributor”
while DMS Electronics (Pvt) Limited was recognized as the "Best Managed Partner"
with H-One (Pvt) Ltd awarded runner-up in this category; "Best 'Attached at Source'
COEM Distributor and Named Partner" was won by Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC; H-One (Pvt)
Ltd won a second award winning the title of “Best Partner Led Competitive Win Back”;
Rose Ware Corporation, a company based in Maldives bagged two awards that night,
winning the titles of “Best Partner – Maldives” and "Best Partner in the Public
Sector"; Ceylinco NetAssist PLC won the title of "Best Microsoft Learning Partner."
Among the other leading names that won recognition awards for the exceptional work
they have carried out in other technological fronts were; Greenwich Lanka (PVT)
Ltd for Unified Communications, DMS Electronics (PVT) Ltd for Unified Communications
and Virtualization, E-W Information Systems Ltd in recognition of work carried out
in the Public Sector, Metropolitan Computers (PVT) Ltd as ‘Attached-at-source’ COEM
Partner and H-One (PVT) Ltd for Dynamics ERP business. The winners of the night
received highest recognition at the event whilst their team efforts in championing
Microsoft products and technologies were applauded.
Winning the award of "Best Distributor" for the sixth consecutive year, Tech One
Global was one of the stars of the evening, as COO Wasantha Weerakoone was commended
for the company’s long-standing, dedicated partnership with Microsoft Sri Lanka.
"From the very beginning, Tech One Global has been an exclusively Microsoft distributor
and the benefits we've received from this partnership has helped us succeed both
in the local and foreign markets." according to Weerakoone. "I would call our long-partnership
with Microsoft challenging in the most positive way with both companies benefiting
greatly and growing because of this close-knit relationship. It has been an absolute
pleasure to work with Microsoft."
A key difference in this year's event was the recognition of Microsoft's noteworthy
and valued partnerships built during Microsoft's seven years in Sri Lanka with key
non-profit organizations, Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals (MVP), Independent
Software Developer partners and Government stakeholders amongst its Partner community
who contributed towards the overall development of both the IT industry and the
nation. The award ceremony whilst appreciating valuable contributions made by these
diverse partner organizations also commended a few key individuals for their efforts
that have uplifted the entire eco-system. The hallmark feature of this event has
always been the celebration of partner's business success whilst strengthening Microsoft
Sri Lanka's relationship with its entire Partner Network and this year the theme
that took center stage was the Powerful Partnerships.
The event was graced by Jamie Harper, General Manager of Microsoft South East Asia,
who was visiting Sri Lanka for the first time and made this the platform to convey
his appreciation for all the remarkable work carried out by our local industry players.
He also expressed Microsoft's commitment to gear the entire partner eco-system to
embrace future growth opportunities. Since his recent appointment, Mr. Harper, who
has held numerous leadership roles in finance, sales and marketing at Microsoft
both within the US and internationally. Harper emphasized on the crucial role played
by the Microsoft Partner Network and also about Microsoft’s commitment towards ensuring
that the company maintained and pursued partnerships that matter. "I've worked in
a lot of countries, and I am very, very impressed when I look at the network of
partners in Sri Lanka. I've spent a lot of time with other markets that aren't as
ahead in terms of their partner community, who hasn't taken the same approach and
time that you all have. So I would like to say thanks, to this amazing and special
group. One of my tasks will be to ensure that this success that's happened in Sri
Lanka is replicated in other markets in South East Asia." stated Jamie Harper addressing
Speaking at the event, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager of Microsoft
Sri Lanka emphasized on the significant role played by the partners in Microsoft
Sri Lanka’s success. "When Microsoft was launched seven years ago, we asked ourselves
what the impact we wanted to make as a business and as an organization, not only
towards the development of the IT industry in Sri Lanka but the country itself.
We were resolute that Microsoft Sri Lanka isn’t going to be yet another IT company
that cares only about business. Since then, we made a few big bets in areas we firmly
believed that can create an unparalleled impact on the lives of our people, the
industry and on the nation. My partner network, who is my most distinguished guests
here tonight, has been the life blood behind all this work. Not only have they provided
Microsoft Sri Lanka with the business stature to be the significant player in the
IT industry as we are today, but also it is they who have supported us in all our
far reaching community building endeavors that has nothing to do with our business
but carried out with equal passion and commitment. Every achievement we have on
the table is also the achievement of our partners, the impact that we have made
in the country and every Sri Lankan is because of them - the people who really matter
to us the most."
Among the other presenters, Poojitha Rajapakse, OEM Director, Microsoft Sri Lanka
talked about the key highlights of the past fiscal year whilst thanking the entire
partner community for all their efforts not just in the business front but also
in all the support they have provided on all the community building work Microsoft
carries out together with their affiliates. In addition, the conference was used
as the occasion to enlighten the local partner community on new products and business
strategies of Microsoft for the upcoming year. Imran Vilcassim, EPG Director of
Microsoft Sri Lanka unveiled some of the broad product and marketing strategies
Microsoft is planning to undertake in the future and made this the occasion to convey
Microsoft’s fullest support to enrich and develop the partner eco-system by strengthening
the symbiotic relationship we have formed over the years.
The Microsoft's partner ecosystem is an integral component of Microsoft Sri Lanka’s
success and plays a key role in driving the company’s business goals. Microsoft
partners receive a wide range of direct support and training services from Microsoft
and in turn, are authorised to deliver Microsoft solutions to end users. The emphasis
throughout the engagement with Microsoft is on quality, and the ‘Quality Partners
Quality Solutions Awards’ seek to instil a greater commitment to superior quality
service and solutions among the partners whilst rewarding them for exceptional performance.